Welcome to Wayne Grady Event Management.
Having played in literally thousands of Pro-ams and Corporate days over forty years as a professional Golfer Wayne Grady decided to use those years of experience and form WGEM.
Joining him is one of Australia’s finest golfers and characters, Brian Jones.
To ensure that all aspects are covered there is a new member on our team, Doowi Wieruszewski, Doowi has had over fifteen years experience in hospitality and Event management and is an integral part of our team.
Wayne turned professional at age 16, and then regained his amateur status. He then turned professional for good at age 21. He won the Westlakes Classic six months after turning pro while having only $9 in his pocket. It would be a frustrating 17 second place finishes before Wayne would again taste victory at the 1984 German Open. Buoyed by a win and a three year exemption in Europe he went to America.
After earning his playing rights in the torturous U.S. Players School at the end of 84 Wayne finished 41st on the 1985 money list. Wayne lost his card in the States in 86 but regained it again in 87 and learned plenty from the experience. He defeated Greg Norman in a 4 hole playoff for the 88 Aust. PGA Championship and went back to the States the following year to claim his first victory on American soil, the Westchester Classic, also in a playoff.
Three weeks later with no real aim but carrying hot form he almost won the biggest Championship of them all the British Open. After leading from lunchtime on Friday he wasn’t caught until a late bogey on the long par 3 17th put him back into a tie with the fast finishing Greg Norman and eventual winner of the playoff, Mark Calchaveccia. Determined not to let the loss derail his career Wayne went on to become one of only 8 Australians to win a professional major tournament, the 1990 US PGA Championship.
Wayne plays a very limited schedule now and lives on the Gold Coast with his family and looks after his varying business which include Wayne Grady Event Management, TV commentary and corporate golf appearances.
Brian did his traineeship under the watchful eye of Australian legend Billy Dunk at Fox Hills GC in Sydney. He made an immediate impact when he won the WA Open still as a trainee. Once on the tour full time he became a regular winner on the Asian and Australian circuits. He captures the Indian Open (three times), the Malaysian Open, NZ Open, NZ PGA Championship, the WA Open and the Tasmanian Open, but it wasn’t until he moved to Japan that he made his fame and fortune.
He played the Japan Tour between 1977 and 1993, winning 11 times against the likes of legends, Isao Aoki, the Ozaki brothers, Masashi (Jumbo), Tateo (Jet) and Naomichi (Joe.)
In Japan, Jones received legendary status and was idolised by the Japanese galleries.
His best and most lucrative years were between 1987 and 1989 when he finished seventh, fifth and third respectively on the OOM, collecting around $2m in the period alone.
Brian played on the European Seniors Tour from 2002 to 2005, winning the 2002 De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic.
His best result in a major was a tie for eighth behind Cill Rogers in the 1981 Open Championship at Royal St Georges.
Brian still enjoys playing golf at Lakelands on the Gold Coast at the occasional Senior Tour Event.
Doowi has over 15 years experience in the hospitality and Event industry.
She was brought on board the Wayne Grady Events team after displaying a passionate interest in delivering excellent customer service and will always go above and beyond to make sure that her events are run smoothly and efficiently.
Communication and planning is vital for any event to work and she will be dedicated in this to make sure your Golf Day whether large or small is a success for all involved.